Friday, August 07


Daily News Stuff 7 August 2020

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Tech News

  • One of our core database servers decided to start refusing connections today, after running without a hiccup for 18 months.  MySQL was working fine, the server was fine, storage array was fine, network was fine...  But about 20% of the time incoming network connections were rejected.

    I still have no idea what was going on, but it was bad enough that migrating the entire database to a new server on a Friday afternoon seemed like a good idea.  And as it turned out, it was.

  • Speaking of the shortages of AMD's APUs, PC Perspective had an interesting discussion today on their livestream.

    Short story shorter: AMD's laptop partners didn't order a whole lot of Ryzen 4000 APUs, and then sold everything they had almost immediately.

    They went back to AMD for more, but AMD had placed its wafer orders based on the OEM orders and there wasn't a whole lot more to be had.  Wafer orders have been increased, but the pipeline is about five months long.

    So the spare dies that were going to be sold as desktop APUs were suddenly not spare at all, and have been shuffled back into the laptop stream.  And that's why the desktop APU announcement was OEM-only, and why Lisa Su can confidently promise end-user shipments in the future - there's nothing wrong, they're just waiting for more wafers to pop out of the pipe.

  • Intel got hacked - sort of - and there's 20GB of confidential - sort of - documents floating around.  (AnandTech)

    Intel says the document dump is from their partner site where information is provided under NDA.  If they manage to track down who exfiltrated it all, someone is going to have a very bad day.

  • America has banned ByteDance (the company behind TikTok) and TenCent (the company behind everything else).  (Tech Crunch)

    The usual suspects are busy defending the surveillance operations of a genocidal fascist state.

  • The ASRock DeskMini X300 supports Ryzen 4000 APUs which as we just noted are not available.  (WCCFTech)

    At 6" x 6" x 3" it's bigger than a typical NUC, but that means it can pack in more stuff: Dual M.2 2280 slots and dual 2.5" drive bays.  And two SO-DIMM slots, but that's pretty standard.  DisplayPort, HDMI, and for some reason also VGA output, 4 USB ports, and either WiFi or an empty M.2 slot for a WiFi adaptor, depending on which model you buy.

    There's also an Intel version if you want that for some strange reason, like for example the chips actually exist in the marketplace.

  • Apple has forbidden game streaming services from iOS.  (The Verge)

    While I'm dubious - to say the least - of the promise of game streaming, the market where it would make sense is people who only own an iPhone or iPad.

    Apple are quite clear on their reasons for this: They want to paint as large a target as they possibly can for antitrust investigators.

    Because they are idiots.

Disclaimer: Well, idiots with a hundred billion dollars in the bank, so the proper term is "charmingly eccentric".

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